Around the world in a World War II plane

British pilots Steve Brooks (left) and Matt Jones will be attempting the first circumnavigation around the globe in a 1943 Spitfire, one of the most iconic planes of World War II.
British pilots Steve Brooks (left) and Matt Jones will be attempting the first circumnavigation around the globe in a 1943 Spitfire, one of the most iconic planes of World War II.PHOTO: IWC
The Pilot's Watch Timezoner Spitfire edition, The Longest Flight, by IWC.
The Pilot's Watch Timezoner Spitfire edition, The Longest Flight, by IWC.ST PHOTO: WONG KIM HOH

SINGAPORE - Next August, two British pilots will attempt a world first by circumnavigating the globe in a restored 1943 Spitfire, one of the most iconic planes of World War II.

By the time they are done, just before Christmas, Steve Brooks and Matt Jones would have covered 43,000km and made 150 stops in 30 countries, piloting the aircraft - which won victory laurels during the Battle Of Britain in the early 1940s - through extreme conditions and air spaces it once served as well as those it has never entered before.

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